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Imaging Services

Interventional Radiology

angiography at geisinger radiologyInterventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology which uses image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. Procedures include arteriograms, venograms, biopsies and placement of drainage tubes, among others.

Interventional radiology studies typically involve the injection of contrast agents into the patient's arteries, veins or organ ductal systems. As with any contrast material, it is important that the technologist or physician is aware of any allergies that you may have. This procedure employs fluoroscopy, so there are real-time moving pictures from which the radiologist can observe the flow of the contrast material in the vessel.

This enables the radiologist to see any abnormalities in those vessels. Occasionally, a blockage can be repaired immediately through the catheter during the study. Many of these studies can be done on an outpatient basis through the short stay unit.

Studies/procedures

  • Full range of diagnostic angiography
  • Peripheral vascular balloon angioplasty
  • Peripheral vascular stent placement
  • Stenting procedures
  • Hepatic angiography
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • TIPS (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt)
  • Drainage procedures
  • Dialysis and venous access procedures
  • Imaging guided biopsies including transjugular biopsies
  • Chemoembolization
  • CO2 Angiography
  • Pulmonary embolectomy
  • Vascular embolization
  • Varicose vein treatment
  • Fibroid treatment